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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Sweetzer. It was given to a person who was referred to as swete, which is an Old English word used to describe a sweet or gentle person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Sweetzer Early Origins



The surname Sweetzer was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

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Sweetzer Spelling Variations


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Sweetzer Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sweetzer has appeared include Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.

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Sweetzer Early History


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Sweetzer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweetzer research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1583, 1583 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Sweetzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweetzer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sweetzer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sweetzer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweetzer In Ireland


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Sweetzer In Ireland



Some of the Sweetzer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sweetzer arrived in North America very early:

Sweetzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry P Sweetzer, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Sweetzer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Ann Sweetzer, aged 63, who landed in America from Mosely, in 1899

Sweetzer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ann Sweetzer, aged 60, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, England, in 1906
  • Howard Sweetzer, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Ella Sweetzer, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • George N. Sweetzer, who landed in America, in 1909
  • William A. Sweetzer, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1923

Sweetzer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Sweetzer, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetzer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetzer (post 1700)



  • James "Jimmy" Sweetzer (b. 1960), retired Canadian association footballer
  • Gordon Sweetzer (b. 1957), retired Canadian association footballer
  • Billy Sweetzer (b. 1958), retired Canadian association footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sweetzer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweetzer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 May 2014 at 08:41.

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